The Dick Hunt cricket holiday competition will head in to the last stage of round-robin fixtures on Saturday as Eastern host Valley at Mill Reserve while Oamaru / St Kevin’s entertain Albion at the Whitestone Contracting Stadium’s outer oval.
Oamaru and Albion are still in the hunt for a place in the holiday competition final on January 31 to face table-toppers Union.
Valley captain Hamish McKenzie said his players would now focus on the Borton Cup, which will resume for its seventh round on February 7.
In last weekend’s holiday competition fixtures, Oamaru suffered a 45 run loss to Eastern in Palmerston while Valley fell to a 150-run defeat against Union at Weston Park.
Eastern won the toss at Mill Reserve and elected to bat, making their way to 231 thanks to valuable contributions from Matt McLelland (49), Ollie McLelland (36), Dan Oldham (35) and Andrew Grubb (21).
The standout bowlers for Oamaru were Josh Tonkin, who took 3-35, Matt Murphy with 3-55 and Brayden Lindsay 2-29.
In reply Oamaru could only muster 186 as Regan George posted a half-century, Matt Murphy recorded 49, and Josh Tonkin scored 23, while Cameron Grubb was the standout bowler for Eastern with 3-26.
Union cemented their place at the points table’s summit with a convincing win.
The blues batted first and were all out for 246.
Paul Johnston began proceedings with 19 before Jake Greenslade and Neville Donaldson contributed 14 and 11 respectively. Dylan Edwards then produced 39 but it was the introduction of Brad Fleming (81) that provided what would be an unassailable lead.
Hayden Creedy then went for a duck but fellow tailenders Mike Ormandy (24) and Matt Lilley (12) chipped in. Valley, who have won just one of their Dick Hunt holiday competition ties, limped to 96 all out with Andrew Harding (35) top scoring.
By James Ford
PHOTO: JAMES FORD – Brad Fleming posted 81 for Union last weekend against Valley at Weston Park.